Inaugural lectures at the Department of Culture and Society

Do you want to know more about research in the humanities and social sciences at Linköping University? Welcome to the open lectures with new professors at the Department of Culture and Society (IKOS). The lectures are part of the professors’ installation in their new positions.

Image collage made with three portraits in black and white.Lecturing professors in 2021: Harald Wiltsche, Bodil Axelsson och Claudia Tazreiter.

The Department of Culture and Society conducts teaching and research in various humanities, social sciences and aesthetic subjects. The research is inter- and multidisciplinary, with a focus on culture, society and languages.

Starting in the autumn of 2021, the department will host inaugural lectures where the department’s new professors talk about their specialities and their research. The lectures, which are open to the public, are a forum where the research of the Department of Culture and Society is highlighted and discussed. The lectures are documented in IKOS’s publication series.

The lectures will be held at Campus Valla in Linköping or at Campus Norrköping.

Program 2021Show/Hide content

The lectures take place on campus as well as on Zoom. They are recorded and parts of them will be available  afterwards. If you want to participate on campus, please register to the contact person below.

Lifeworld and Science

Harald Wiltsche, professor of philosophy

As the world reels around the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges posed by climate change, there is an alarming realization that a significant fraction of the general public openly distrusts science and its findings.

The situation is paradoxical: Although it is rather clear that science and technology are humanity’s best bet to master the existential threats we are currently facing, public belief in the authority of science is waning. Instead of discussing the complex socio-economical mechanisms that are behind this worrying development, Harald Wiltsche will advance the thesis that the critical state of scientific culture is in part self-imposed and has to do with the still unresolved tensions between lifeworld and science.

Time: October 27, 15.30-17.00

Place: Room TEMCAS, Tema building, Campus Valla, Linköping.

Registration: Do you want to participate on campus? Please register via email to Monica Wise, October 20 at the latest. 

Zoomlink: Contact Monica Wise for link to Zoom.

The lecture will be held in English.


Museums and the cultural heritage of digitalisation

Bodil Axelsson, professor of cultural heritage

Museums have been addressing digitalisation for decades. Collections are converted to digital format, operations are presented on webpages, digital screens are displayed in exhibitions, visitors are addressed through digital media, and questions are asked about how digital cultures should be saved. In her inaugural lecture, Bodil Axelsson will discuss how digitalisation of museums can be understood in relation to the central question of critical cultural heritage research: through which processes are selected pasts preserved and communicated to future generations?

Time: November 10, 15.00-17.00

Place: Room K3, building Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping.

Registration: Do you want to participate on campus? Please register via email to Ulrika Sund, November 3 at the latest.

Zoomlink: Contact Ulrika Sund for link to Zoom.

The lecture will be held in Swedish.


The future of migration and borders

Claudia Tazreiter, professor of ethnic and migration studies

What can we learn from situating migration not as exception, or problem, as so often happens, particularly when questions of nation, resources, cultural values and contested histories and memories are at play?

In this lecture migration is explored as complex phenomena with implications and possibilities for new social formations beyond the common understanding of migration as the crossing of the territorial border of a state. New bordering practices are manifest as technologized borders, virtual borders, as well as imagined, or psychological borders. In her inaugural lecture, Claudia Tazreiter explores these new practices and the values that drive them, reflecting on epistemic and methodological challenges and their relation to broader implications for social life and social change. 

Time: November 24, 15.00-17.00

Place: Room KI, building Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping.

Registration: Do you want to participate on campus? Please register via email to Eva Rehnholm, November 17 at the latest.

Zoomlink: More information to come.

The lecture will be held in English.

About the professorsShow/Hide content

Harald Wiltsche

Professor of philosophy

Photo credit Peter ModinIt is difficult to overrate the importance of science and technology to our modern society. Scientific theories determine how we understand the world, and we rely on them in our decision-making.

But what is it about science that makes it such a successful activity? Are there phenomena that cannot, in any suitable fashion, be represented by scientific theories? How can we improve the ways in which science helps us address societal challenges?

As a philosopher working in the intersection between philosophy of science, epistemology and phenomenology, Harald Wiltsche is interested in how bodily, socially and historically situated subjects gain knowledge about the world by relying on means as diverse as thought experiments, mathematical models or scientific instruments. Although his methodological approach is phenomenological, he is not associated with any specific metaphilosophical framework: science is a multi-facetted phenomenon, and so are the methods that are required to analyse it.

More about Harald Wiltche's research.

Bodil Axelsson

Professor of cultural heritage

How are history and cultural heritage formed? For Bodil Axelsson, this is a key question. Her research focusses on the creation of meaningful pasts: how do museums, associations and individuals produce cultural heritage and history by way of narrating, collecting, guiding and organising.

In recent years she has led a series of research projects about museums, collections and digitalisation. This research focusses on issues concerning how digital technologies contribute to new forms of curation (selecting, synthesising and organising materials), agency, production, circulation and interpretation of museum objects. This has led her to questions regarding digital platforms, political economy, algorithms and machine learning. Previous research projects have investigated historical theatre, popular history magazines, cultural history museums’ contemporary collecting, and artistic work.

History and cultural heritage are often formed by way of meandering, complex processes with many participants over a long period. For this reason, Bodil Axelsson combines methods such as participant observation and interviews with media and archive studies.

More about Bodil Axelsson's research.

Claudia Tazreiter

Professor of ethnicity and migration

Throughout history, people have migrated for various reasons. How do forced and irregular migration affect culture with regard to human rights culture, the role of civil society in social change, as well as gender in migration?

These questions interest Claudia Tazreiter in her research. Culture and belonging are key ideas and empirical concerns of her research which is in the fields of  sociology, social theory, race, ethnicity, migration and gender. Using ethnographic, visual, qualitative and mixed methods, she studies the effects of migration.

Her work is based empirically in collaboration with state and non-state actors, as well as other researchers, especially in the Asia-Pacific, but also globally. In the latest research projects she has worked with migrants, refugees and “illegalised” migrants in the Asia-Pacific region to highlight their experiences, perspectives and ‘voice’. She has also conducted research on colonial settler societies and the deep legacies of racialised capitalism. In a current project she is mapping the concept of “conviviality” as a new form of living together in difference.

More about Claudia Tazreiter's research.

Read more in interviews with the professorsShow/Hide content

More researchShow/Hide content

ContactShow/Hide content

More about the Department of Culture and SocietyShow/Hide content